Bexley council to move to new offices
PUBLISHED: 13:07 29 May 2012
Bexley council will be moving to new headquarters despite concerns from residents about parking and traffic problems.
Permission was granted unanimously by council planners for development on the former Woolwich Building Society offices, which have been out of use for a number of years.
But they received 17 letters expressing concern about traffic congestion which has traditionally been a problem of the right turn from Watling Street into Erith Road.
Cllr Windle said: “As ward councillor for Barnehurst I would echo the concerns of the local residents.
“It’s crucial we get guarantees about the right turn from Erith Road and parking congestion to make this worthwhile. We need to make sure the two hour street parking stay means for all.”
Council chiefs have said they hope to start work on the new development this autumn with a view to moving into their new buildings in autumn 2013.
The plans include 97 parking spaces, disabled parking and cycle parking.
Planners will also consider granting permission for another Tesco store and housing to occupy the space that the council does not.
Cllr Colin Campbell said: “By getting most of the council’s non-schools staff in the same building, we will cut our running costs by well over £1 million each year and we expect to pay for the Woolwich building and its refurbishment from the sale of our current offices.”
It remains to be seen what will happen to the current council offices on Bexleyheath Broadway when services move to Watling Street.